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Chief AI Officers in Healthcare: Strategy, Tactics and Evangelism


Parminder Bhatia, CAIO of GE HealthCare, says that CAIOs play a crucial role in leading data science, AI, machine learning (ML) and engineering teams while providing a long-term strategic vision and alignment for organizations.

“They balance the complexities of building AI technologies by overseeing design, development and implementation, while also developing strategies to optimize resources and promote an AI-first approach,” he says.

This involves aligning efforts across various business units to ensure that AI capabilities are leveraged effectively and integrated seamlessly into organizations’ ecosystems.

“By unifying roles and aligning strategies, CAIOs facilitate collaboration and innovation across departments, ultimately driving the organization’s AI initiatives forward,” Bhatia says.

How Has the Role of CAIO Evolved?

Chornenky says the CAIO role has evolved as different organizations adopt varied perspectives and approaches.

“Some CAIOs focus primarily on policy and governance, ensuring safety, efficacy and fairness in AI use,” he says. “It’s maybe not so much an evolution but more the result of experimentation as organizations create the role with different perspectives on its function.”

He says the role is likely to continue its evolution as organizations determine whether to hire CAIOs from outside the company or promote internal talent.

Bhatia agrees that the CAIO role now requires increased attention to governance and risk management.

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This is particularly true in medical tech companies, which need to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and establish governance policies related to model fairness, interpretability and accountability.

He adds that the role has also evolved to encompass talent development and evangelism to drive AI adoption and innovation within organizations.

“It’s not just about building the technology but hiring or building the right talent and how you uplift the current talent and make them more aware of the recent technology so everyone can start to use some of these technologies,” Bhatia says.

CAIOs Provide Multiple Advantages for Healthcare Organizations

Chornenky says employing CAIOs offers organizations a strategic advantage in navigating the dynamic landscape of AI and ML.

“With their specialized expertise and deep understanding of AI technologies, CAIOs serve as key advisers, guiding AI initiatives and ensuring alignment with strategic objectives,” he says. “One of the primary benefits of having a CAIO is agility.”

He explains that as AI advancements occur so rapidly and regulatory landscapes are in constant evolution, organizations must be responsive.

“CAIOs should have their finger on the pulse of industry trends and technological innovations. That enables the organization to adapt quickly to changes, both within the AI domain and in regulatory requirements,” Chornenky says.


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